SaskTel has officially announced that it has deployed a block of prime AWS-1 spectrum, allowing the carrier to increase the capacity and speed of its 4G LTE network in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Swift Current, North Battleford, Estevan, and Weyburn.
This is the first block of the AWS-1 spectrum SaskTel acquired from Wind Mobile in July 2015. Back then, the carrier highlighted the importance of the deal, as it operates the LTE network in the nine major urban centres in Saskatchewan on the AWS-1 spectrum band. By acquiring these two blocks, SaskTel promised to deliver significantly more bandwidth and faster speeds.
“SaskTel is always looking for opportunities to provide better service to their customers,” said Jim Reiter, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “This latest investment shows that SaskTel remains committed to not only providing the highest grade technology available, but continually upgrading and enhancing it to ensure it continues to meet customer needs.”
Fast forward to today, and with the deployment of the first block of AWS-1 spectrum, SaskTel has been able to increase the 4G LTE maximum speeds from the current 110 Mbps to 150 Mbps.
As highlighted in the press release announcing the speed increase, SaskTel is currently working to bring LTE to more rural locations, so stay tuned, as further announcements are coming shortly, the carrier says.